All of the “Oral Expression in English” courses are devoted to improving students' skills in speaking. Apart from making presentations, effective speaking also involves effective listening, so the classwork and homework in these courses require that students carry out both interactive speech and get engaged in listening exercises.
As a graduate-level elective course, Oral Expression in English 13 requires students to be able to respond critically to the readings provided in advance of the weekly class. Students will discuss about them in detail, and students will make oral presentations about phenomena and behaviours that they think exemplify or are related to the topics of particular readings.
By the end of this course, students will be able to recognise some manifestations of phenomena and behaviours described in the readings in 'real life', and to exercise their abilities to discuss them in interaction with non-Japanese (for example, with international students at Titech), or with Japanese (in case you are an international student).
speaking, listening,oral communication, interactive
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
We will watch and analyze excerpts from advanced-level TED talks on a variety of topics, paying attention to presentation techniques to be integrated into our own final presentation; we will discuss complex concepts using advanced vocabulary and grammar structures.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Unit 1, Creativity||assessment of presentation skills, critical thinking, and techniques in a TED talk; related exercises and readings|
|Class 2||Unit 2, Hopes and fears||assessment of presentation skills, critical thinking, and techniques in a TED talk; related exercises and readings|
|Class 3||Unit 3, Perception||assessment of presentation skills, critical thinking, and techniques in a TED talk; related exercises and readings|
|Class 4||Unit 4, Human interaction|
|Class 5||Unit 5, Economic resources|
|Class 6||Unit 6, Practical design|
|Class 7||Final presentations||presentations applying techniques learned in class; feedback from students|
Paul Dummett, Helen Stephenson, and Lewis Lansford, Keynote Proficient (National Geographic Learning, 2017)
to be shared in class
class participation 35%
homework exercises 35%
final presentation 30%
It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with LAE.E432 (Oral Expression in English 14).
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.